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#72: Kara Powell - Characteristics of Churches Reaching Millennials
Kara Powell, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI) and a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. As a youth ministry veteran of over 20 years, she serves as an Advisor to Youth Specialties. Named by Christianity Today as one of "50 Women You Should Know", Kara is the author or co-author of a number of books including Sticky Faith, Essential Leadership, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CHURCHES REACHING MILLENNIALS:
“The first job of leaders is to define reality.”
The best research indicates that almost half of youth group grads are leaving the church after they graduate.
The young adult population is grossly underrepresented in most churches.
The vast majority of churches are aging and shrinking.
Kara and the team at Fuller Youth Institute have been researching churches that are beating the odds and “gr
#71: Erik Lawson - Church Planting
God will never promote you beyond what your character can sustain.
Birthing a church is like birthing a child.
Pregnancy- this stage is the planting and growth of God’s vision for the church that He wants to birth through you. It is so important that this “pregnancy” is taken full-term, not birthed prematurely. During this time, it is important to trust the leaders in your life and their wisdom for timing.
It’s one thing to stand next to a leader and feel like you are carrying the weight of that leadership, but you won’t know the full weight of leadership until you get there yourself.
Building a Team
It is important to surround yourself with people that can come alongside you and lift your hands, not hang off your hands. People that bring solutions, not just problems, are critical to supporting a lead pastor.
It’s a privilege to get close to the “spiritual nakedness” of your leader. It’s in our brokenness that the light of Jesus shines thr
#70: Dan Matlock - Be The Church
Dan and Kelly Matlock grew up in the Midwest but fell in love with Texas when they moved there in 2003. In 2011 they felt called to start a church in Hays County. Dan loves spending time with his family, being outdoors, playing sports, and driving his motorcycle. He’s an avid football fan in general but a diehard fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
BE THE CHURCH
Be The Church:
Build an awesome team around you.
Before you “have” church, you have to BE the church.
When you look at the life of Jesus, he was not surrounded by “Christians” all the time. How can we get in people’s worlds and be the church outside the walls of a church?
Get involved in the community. The church is here to serve people.
The church exists to show the community what God is like.
Serving the community with no strings attached will open doors for relationships later on.
Be intentionally close to others churches. When the church wins, the kingdom wins.
#69: Kyle Turner - Church Planting & Seeking God's Calling
Kyle Turner is the lead pastor of The Cause: A Jesus Church, which he launched in September 2010 with his wife, Liz, in the heart of Kansas City, MO. Kyle and Liz have two children: Blaire and Graham, as well as a furry one named Cub. Kyle is an all-around sports fan, played a mean game of high school basketball, and loves riding motorcycles. He is also surprisingly good at free-styling fresh rap lyrics.
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Church Planting & Seeking God's Calling
1. UNITY: Unity is essential, especially in a marriage, when it comes to answering God’s calling. You shouldn't have to trick your spouse into God’s calling.
It’s better to do things slower and in unity than to jump into something when you're not on the same page.
2. SEEK AUTHORITY: Do whatever it takes to hear from God. There will be hard times, so a
#68: Rich Birch - Unreasonable Churches
Rich is one of the early multisite church pioneers. He served on the leadership team of Connexus Community Church in Ontario, a North Point Community Church Strategic Partner. Currently he serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the suburbs of New Jersey. Rich is married to Christine and lives in Scotch Plains, NJ with their two kids and one dog.
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Ninety-four percent of churches are losing ground against the growth of the communities they are in.
1. Unreasonable Fundraising
It is important for leaders to be very clear why the cause is important and why this is important right NOW. When a compelling vision (WHY) connects with an urgent NOW, that will motivate people. Peop
#67: Frank Bealer - The Myth of Balance
After more than five years of building children’s ministry strategies at one of the most influential churches in the nation, Frank Bealer is expanding his scope to work on systems and strategies that will help thousands of other churches.
Frank is the founding CEO of the Phase Family Centers, an innovative concept for bringing together churches, families and communities. Frank is also the Executive Director of Leadership Development at Orange / The Rethink Group and the author of The Myth of Balance.
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THE MYTH OF BALANCE
God didn't call us to sacrifice the family He’s given us on the alter of Ministry.
We must weigh things against the calling God has placed on our lives. Are w
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